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NHTSA: Speeding Accounts for 1/3 of US Traffic Fatalities

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OLYMPIA. WA - Although traffic fatalities are dropping overall, speeding remains a leading cause of preventable deaths according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nationally, about a third of US traffic fatalities are linked to speeding, and that holds true in Washington too.  Of the 437 people who died in traffic in 2012, 159 of those deaths included speed as a contributing factor.

According to a recent survey from the NHTSA, 91% of those surveyed agreed that people need to slow down, they're apparently thinking of other people. More than a quarter of those surveyed admit speeding themselves, often "without thinking."

NHTSA's survey also found the most common reason for speeding is running late for an event or appointment.

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